MEETING LYDIA by Linda MacDonald
Matador (September 4, 2011)
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A delightful and witty story. It gives the reader a honest glimpse into mind of a woman struggling with aging, marriage, and the emotions from her past as she reconnects with an old acquaintance from her school days.
MEETING LYDIA is such a frank and sincere look into the world of a middle aged woman who is dealing with everything that comes with getting older. It takes into account the marks that are left from our past while trying to cope with them in the present.
What I loved about this book was Marianne’s discovery and the journey that she took throughout the book. Many times, the reader is in her head with her. This is where the writing comes alive. The character's insecurities and emotions are real. There is no glossing over the crazy that can go on in our heads sometimes.
MEETING LYDIA is a truly wonderful story. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys Women’s Fiction and stories about real women.
Audiobook Note: Harriet Carmichael’s narration brings the character to life. I almost felt as if I were listening to Marianne’s inner thoughts. Sometimes with a story like this, the narrator is too much and over does it with the performance. However, this is not the case here. It doesn’t hinder the flow of the book at all. In fact, I believe that listening to this story enhanced the impact.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
“Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.”
When Marianne comes home from work one day to find her husband talking to a glamorous woman in the kitchen, insecurities resurface from a time when she was bullied at school. Jealousy rears its head and her marriage begins to fall apart. Desperate for a solution, she finds herself trying to track down her first schoolgirl crush: Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.
Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession, jealousy and the ever-growing trend of Internet relationships. It will appeal to fans of adult fiction and those interested in the dynamics and psychology of relationships.
About the Author: Linda MacDonald was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria. She was educated at the local grammar school and later at Goldsmiths’, University of London where she studied for a BA in psychology and then a PGCE in biology and science. She taught in a secondary school in Croydon for eleven years before taking some time out to write and paint. In 1990 she returned to teaching at a sixth form college in south-east London where she taught psychology. For over twenty-five years she was also a visiting tutor in the psychology department at Goldsmiths’. She has now given up teaching to focus fully on writing.
Her four published novels Meeting Lydia, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket can each be read independently but are also a series. A fifth part is at the embryonic stage.
About the Narrator, Harriet Carmichael: I've always loved doing voices. I grew up with Radio 4 being on constantly in the background. Somehow the voices and accents broadcast over the years soaked in. And now I do voices. Or if you ask my agent, I'm a "voice artist".
For the last seven years I've spent most of my days in front of a microphone: as myself; as seven-year-old boys; talking baboons; angsty teenagers (usually American); androgynous talking cats; Glaswegian Grannies; the cast of The Archers...
After university I trained at The Oxford School of Drama and then acted mainly with touring theatre companies - some brilliant, some not so... I had a lot of fun, but once I started doing voiceovers in warm studios with good coffee, being on the road lost some of its appeal.
And the voice can do much more than people think. Tone, timing, pitch and accent can all vary depending on the job. From commercials and corporates to cartoons, computer games and audiobooks, it's a brilliant job and, really, I owe it all to Radio 4.
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